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MEGAPLEX DEBATE CONTINUES AS PANEL LOOKS INTO PR PUSH
Published July 21, 1995
Massport Exec Dir Stephen Tocco argued that only the sports pieces of a megaplex can draw private investment which can be used to reduce the amount of public funds needed for a convention center. Meanwhile, House Ways and Means Chair Thomas Finneran, a megaplex opponent, said legislative support for a convention center-only bond issue would be a "deadlock cinch" as long as it was backed by a hotel "shelf" tax to kick in if revenues failed to cover the costs. Tocco has called for a p.r. campaign to push for a full megaplex as a job generator for Boston's inner city. Tocco said Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter will help lead a pro-megaplex effort (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 7/20). Members of the megaplex commission have expressed "chagrin" that five weeks after filing legislation to authorize construction of the project, House Speaker Charles Flaherty still has not assigned a bill to a committee (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 7/20).